Kitten Season – You Can Help

Kitten Season is here again! Beginning in the spring, peaking in late spring or early summer and ending in the fall, it is the time of year when cats give birth. Driven by their hormones, unaltered cats seek the outdoors to find a mate. The result is a very high volume of kittens in our shelters and on the streets. You may have already noticed increased numbers of kittens in your local shelters, seen posted signs in your neighborhood or rescued a litter yourself by now. The best way to help reduce the number of unwanted cats and kittens is to spay/neuter your own pets.

FACTS
  • Kitten season is the unofficial name for the mating season for cats generally assumed to start in March and end in November.
  • An unaltered female cat will go into heat every 3 weeks.
  • The average size of a litter is 4-6 kittens.
  • One mother cat have 2-3 litters per year producing as many as 18 kittens.
  • A female cat can begin having kittens at 4-5 months of age.
  • One unaltered female cat and her offspring can produce an estimated 420,000 cats in a seven-year period.
  • Kittens as young as two months and weighing two pounds can be safely altered.
WAYS TO HELP
  • Spay or Neuter your cats. You can talk to your veterinarian about performing the procedure. If you are having trouble affording the fee, we have a number of low-cost clinics you can contact.
  • Help your local shelter. You can donate supplies (click here to see our Wish List) or money or volunteer your time.
  • Care for homeless or feral cats in your area. You can contact Animal Care & Control (904.387.8924) or First Coast No More Homeless Pets (904.425.0005) to learn more about how you can help control your neighborhood’s feral and stray cat populations.
  • Become a foster parent. Click here to apply online.
  • Adopt. Check out our website for current adoption specials! Now would be the purr-fect time to add another member to your family!